Tuesday, May 27, 2008

It smells like my birthday

This week for girls night we went to the Lilac Dell at the Royal Botanical Gardens. We didn't want to pay the $10/head for entry, though, so we parked outside and tried to make our way over. Turns out we chose the wrong path to take.

We found the bridge to take us over the railroad tracks, but unfortunately we couldn't get to the bridge...So we climbed down to the tracks instead...
And went under the bridge.
In the end, we made it there. It smelled soo good!
I never knew there were so many different scents of lilacs! Some of them were really gross.

Amanda and Kenny make very attractive lilacs, don't you think?

Samantha and I were unsuccessful in finding lilacs that smell like Eastern Ontario lilacs. But we did smell several hundred varieties... It was pretty awesome. I'd do it again.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Temporary Place of Residencec #2

So, I didn't have any pictures from Temporary Place of Residence #1, but if you were at our wedding, you've been there (We were living where the reception for our wedding was). This is the new place. We're house sitting for two months here, and I don't think that I have to explain how relaxing it is to wake up in the morning, walk into the livingroom, and see this....
Walking outside onto the front porch, this is my view:
I'm so excited to be here for the next two months! If you want to come and visit, just let us know. We've got a few spare rooms... :)

Friday, May 23, 2008

No Conclusion

Just heard from the Dr's office. The doctor forgot to order a test for mono (duh?) - but I tested negative for strep throat. Now I'm guessing that I do have mono, since my throat infection wasn't due to Strep throat, and because of the reaction that I had to amoxycillan, but I won't know until next week sometime, because the office is closed for the weekend so I can't go and give a blood sample until Monday morning. So in the meantime, I nap, I pack, rest, and move downtown to the next two-month place of residence.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

So here's the story thus far.

The full body sudden onset rash that I got on Tuesday night is probably a non-allergic reaction to Amoxycillan, resulting from a misdiagnosis. I probably didn't have strep throat last week - I most likely do have mono. (Isn't that fun?) Apparently, mono and strep present very similarly, and without a throat culture it's pretty hard to tell which is which. The doctor at the walk-in clinic just looked at the swollen, white tonsils and prescribed Amoxycillan without taking any tests (which was just fine with me - I just wanted the antibiotics that would help me swallow again without pain. It was a little strange, though, on Tuesday night that five minutes after I took the antibiotics (7th day on them) I broke out in a rash on my shoulders. 7 days after I started the antibiotics? That seems a little late to me to develop an allergy.
However, when people with mono are diagnosed with strep and given amoxycillan, it's common for a non-allergic reaction to occur in the form of a rash at some point later than three days after the start of the amoxycillan. Sounds strangely like what has happened to me. We're not sure though, the test results should come in tomorrow. So, hopefully no allergic reaction, which is nice, but this non-allergic reaction has swollen my face and covered me in head to toe in a hot, itchy (very itchy) rash. However, if it is mono, it makes sense that I've been chronicly tired for the past month. (Some of the folks in the office may or may not have been telling me for the past month that I look really terrible when I come in in the morning...and when I come back from lunch in the afternoon...) Thanks, all, though, for the well wishes and concern. I'll update soon!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

This is not comfortable.

Yeah, I don't know what that is either. I head out to the Dr in 20 min to find out. Yuck, eh?

Thursday, May 01, 2008


This is how I choose to remember our livingroom:

And this is how I choose to remember our diningroom: